Events

 

Upcoming Events:

13 November 2019 – Breakfast Lecture

 

Past events:

2019

Annual Breakfast event with the SAICE Presidential visit – 22 February 2019

The Water Division held our annual breakfast event in conjunction with the SAICE Presidential visit with Brian Downie – SAICE President 2019. The talk was given by Craig Hasenjager, Project Manager, TCTA, on the topic of Acid Mine Drainage: Opportunity for improved water security. The event was well attended by 65 industry professionals.

   

 

Young Movers and Shakers event – 21 February 2019

A joint event with the SAICE Environmental Engineering Division where the students who were the recipients of the 2018 SAICE Environmental Engineering Division and SAICE Water Engineering Division Special Awards at the finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists – International Science Fair are recognised.

These winning students showcased their innovative projects to the audience:

Boipelo Kekana – Water saver device
Castro Mabunda and Charity Elina Moswedi – The alternative water treatment device
Gabriella Adolphe and Robyn Clark – Pipe power

Each division paid for the travelling costs of the students and a parent to attend the event.

    

2018

Young Movers and Shakers event – 17 May 2018

A joint event with the SAICE Environmental Engineering Division where the students who were the recipients of the 2017 SAICE Environmental Engineering Division and SAICE Water Engineering Division Special Awards at the finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists – International Science Fair are recognised.

These winning students showcased their innovative projects to the audience:

Ahmed Raza Aziz – Atmospheric water generator
Nkolo Songezo Siseko Faku – Sea water to pure water
Vanessa Annan – The Aqua Power House
Maleehah Cassim – Converting a Water Hyacinth Plant into bio-ethanol
Wesley Delport – Wee-cycling

Each division paid for the travelling costs of the students and a parent to attend the event.

 

Breakfast lecture – 14 February 2018

The WED held a breakfast lecture in February 2018 – on the topic of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. The panellists included:

Trevor Balzer – Deputy Director- General: Special Projects, Department of Water and Sanitation

Kevin Wall PrEng – co-author of the IRC 2017

Mike Muller PrEng – visiting Adjunct Professor, Wits School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand.

  

 

2017

Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 site visit – 21 April 2017

Delegates attended an informative lecture and site visit to the Spring Grove Dam and Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2. The Mgeni System benefits 6 municipalities in the Umgeni Water area of supply servicing over 5 million people. This included a visit to the dam and pump station, as well as the break pressure tank, and/or pigging station, as well as the outfall structure.

   

 

Breakfast lecture – 8 February 2017

Anthony Still – Mayoral Committee Member for Environment and Infrastructure Services at the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality gave a presentation titled: “Challenges faced by a newly elected Mayoral Committee Member”

   

 

2016

Ingula Site Visit – 22 and 23 July 2016

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Breakfast lecture – 10 March 2016

Nandha Govender, General Manager: Water and Environmental Operations within the Primary Energy Division of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. gave his personal reflections of what the water sector can learn from the recent electricity supply challenges. His presentation was entitled: Lessons for the water sector based on Eskom’s water management experience. The event was attended by the SAICE President Dr Chris Herold, the Chairperson of the SAICE Water Engineering Division Marco van Dijk and members of SAICE.

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2015

Ingula Site Visit – 21 and 22 August 2015

Members of the SAICE Water Engineering Division visited the Ingula Pump Storage Scheme on 21 and 22 August 2015. It is the 19th largest pumped storage scheme in the world. The two day visit included an underground visit, as well as visits to the Bramhoek Dam, Bedford Dam and Intake.

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50th Anniversary celebration – 20 March 2015

The Division, celebrated the occasion of their 50th Anniversary at a stylish event held during National Water Week on 20 March 2015. The event was attended by the who’s who in the industry, was held at the Country Club Johannesburg, in Auckland Park.

Entertainer and comedian Conrad Koch with Chester Missing was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Special guest speaker Neil Macleod gave an insightful presentation entitled: ‘Looking back 40 years and imagining the next 40 years’- Where will we be in 2055? The presentation was based on Macleod’s 40 year career with eThekwini Municipality and highlighted various innovations and technologies over the past 4 decades.

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2014

Breakfast lecture – 18 November 2014

SAICE’s Water Division held their annual breakfast lecture on the 18 November 2014. Dr Chris Herold spoke on the topic – Can We Beat the Water Crisis?

What caused Gauteng’s recent water supply crisis? Was it a fluke or the rising tip of an iceberg? What other icebergs are already emerging from the mist? Are we steaming towards an even bigger hidden crisis that is not yet visible? What are the common threads to the electricity crisis? Most importantly, how can we avoid further crises and turn the water sector around onto a safer course?

The event was attended by more than 60 people from the industry.

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Aqualibrium – 25 July 2014

The finals of AQUALIBRIUM, the SAICE-Rand Water Schools Water Competition 2014 was held at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Friday, 25 July 2014.

The 2014 champions with only 35 penalty points conceded were Brackenfell High School from Cape Town with team members Angelique le Roux, Aldo Siegling and Bennie van Eeden. Second place went to the Winnie Mandela Secondary School from Tembisa with 85 penalty points. The team members were Gugulethu Mokhwebane, Lerato Dhlamini and Collen Rapelego. In the third spot with 177 penalty points was Dendron Secondary School with team members Seokedzi Mothoka, Masuila Phihlela and Alvin Seakamela. The three winning teams and their educators shared the prize-money of just more than R17 000-00.

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Civilution 2014 – 8 April 2014

SAICE’s Water Engineering Division, participates in this annual event, with Special Awards for Innovation in Water Engineering that are presented to students at an event held in November. A team of judges from the committee participated in the Special Awards judging that took place on Thursday 26 September 2013

Silver Medals were awarded to:

Carlo Kuhn and Marlene Strauss of Duineveld High School (Kalahari) for the entry entitled: Water Control System.

Bronze Medals awarded to: Balisa Mini and Esethu Mkoyana of Mvenyane SSS (Mthatha) for the entry entitled: Wave Power Generation.

Bronze Medals awarded to: Hans-Jurie Swanepoel of Kathu High School (Kalahari) for the entry entitled: Stop the Drip.

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2013

Eskom Young Scientists Awards – 14 November 2013

SAICE’s Water Engineering Division, participates in this annual event, with Special Awards for Innovation in Water Engineering that are presented to students at an event held in November. A team of judges from the committee participated in the Special Awards judging that took place on Thursday 26 September 2013

Silver Medals were awarded to: Carlo Kuhn and Marlene Strauss of Duineveld High School (Kalahari) for the entry entitled: Water Control System.

Bronze Medals awarded to: Balisa Mini and Esethu Mkoyana of Mvenyane SSS (Mthatha) for the entry entitled: Wave Power Generation.

Bronze Medals awarded to: Hans-Jurie Swanepoel of Kathu High School (Kalahari) for the entry entitled: Stop the Drip.

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AQUALIBRIUM, the SAICE-WRC Schools Water Competition 2013 – 16 August 2013

The finals of AQUALIBRIUM, the exciting SAICE-WRC Schools Water Schools Competition 2013 was held at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Friday 16 August 2013.

The launch of the new streamlined equipment, developed by Professor Kobus van Zyl of the University of Cape Town and ‘creator’ of the water distribution network concept for the competition, saw the curbing of water losses, as experienced by many municipalities in real life, during this competition.

The 2013 champions with 60 penalty points conceded were the team from the Eqinisweni Secondary School from Ivory Park, Midrand with team members Thulani Ndlovu, Rudzani Mnisi and Tyson Chuma. In second place was Diamantveld Hoërskool from Kimberley with 80 penalty points. The team consisted of Pieter van Zyl, Jannes Wessels and Philip Swanepoel. Hoërskool DF Malan from Cape Town shared the third prize with Mfesane Senior Secondary School in Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) with 90 penalty points each. The Hoërskool DF Malan team was Jacobus I Wüst, Reinhardt Husselmann  and Jacobus M Louw with Mfesane Senior Secondary School’s team Siyabonga Gaba, Nolusindiso Mdodana and Thabo Petse.

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2012

Civil Talk – A panel discussion around the draft of the National Water Resource Strategy 2 – 27 November 2012

A panel discussion on the draft of the National Water Resource Strategy 2 was held on 27 November 2012, at SAICE house in Midrand. Francis Gibbons facilitated this event with panel members including Fred van Zyl (Director at Water Affairs), Prof Mike Muller (Commissioner in SA’s first National Planning Commission), Nandha Govender (General Manager, Water and Environmental Operations of Eskom Holdings) and Dr Chris Herold (Umfula Wempilo Consulting).

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Site Visit: De Hoop Dam – 5 October 2012

De Hoop Dam forms part of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project (Phase 2A) and is located on the Steelpoort River, in the Steelpoort/Sekhukhune district of the Limpopo Province – halfway between Roossenekal and Steelpoort.

The Category III Dam is a roller compacted concrete gravity Dam with uncontrolled stepped central ogee, 88 m high and 1 015m overall wall length with a capacity of 347 Mm3 – the 13th largest Dam in South Africa. It is expected that impoundment will commence on 1 August 2012.

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AQUALIBRIUM, the SAICE-WRC Schools Water Competition 2012 – 27 July 2012

The finals of AQUALIBRIUM, the exciting SAICE-WRC Schools Water Schools Competition 2012 were held at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Friday 27 July 2012.

The 2012 champions with 160 penalty points conceded were the all-girls team from the Domino Servite School in Pietermaritzburg. The team members were Zama Nyende, Nntenga Memela and Bianca Coetzee. In the second place was the Steelcrest High School from Middelburg, Mpumalanga, with 180 penalty points. The team members were Hoteb Nkadimeng, Trinity Nkosi and Nokphiwa Mokoena. In the third spot was the Hoërskool Grens from East London (Buffalo City) with 315 penalty points achieved by Niel Verwoerd, Justin Vorster and Tommie Terblanche. They all shared the prize-money of just more than R17 000-00.

The competition which has been running since 2003, when both the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and Rand Water celebrated a hundred years of existence. The competition for high school learners was initially devised by Professor Kobus van Zyl (then from the University of Johannesburg) and his students. It makes use of a grid that is used for the water distribution network, on a background that depicts the entire water cycle.

This competition exposes learners to the importance of water distribution systems in supplying safe and clean drinking water to the citizens of South Africa. Learners are made aware of the intricacies involved in the design of water distribution networks and the process of actual water delivery to households. During the competition the water cycle is explained, as well as other important aspects such as why we pay for water, why we need dams, the distribution of water through water boards to municipalities and then to users, as well as the conservation of our water resources.

The teams are tasked to design a model water distribution network that will distribute three litres of water equally between three points on the grid using two different diameter pipes and connection pieces. They are then judged according to a penalty points system. They have a period of about an hour in which to design, construct and operate their network.

Overall the competition creates an awareness of the challenges relating to water in South Africa. It reinforces the important message that water is a precious commodity that should be recycled, re-used, respected and conserved. This competition strengthens government’s initiatives aimed at encouraging learners to take Mathematics and Science at school and to consider a career as a science or civil engineering professional.

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Small Scale Hydroelectric Power workshop – 29 and 30 May 2012

The SAICE Water Division together with the University of Pretoria and Water Research Commission held a successful 2 day workshop on Small Scale Hydroelectric Power on 29 and 30 May 2012 in Pretoria. The workshop was attended by more than 80 people with a site visit on the second day. The first conduit hydropower plant in South Africa at Pierre van Ryneveld Reservoir was visited as well as the decommissioned Hartebeespoort Dam hydropower plant, with plans to revive this site. Workshop course material is available on: www.microhydropower.net

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